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RATINGS: 1522   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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This dangerously drinkable garnet beauty is a hop loverís delight. The intense dry-hop nose and the alcohol content are perfectly balanced for a caramel candy-like malt finish. This is a serious beer for serious beer afficionados and it only gets better with age. Cellarable for 3 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2820) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Bottle at Brewtopia, great nose, copper color, Pine,abv. citrus in the flavor. Syrupy body with bitter finish. Very tasty, though it almost seemed like an IPA. Gotta have another to improve my notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3192) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 23, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2013 Bottle at Brewtopia í04 American style Barleywine. Deep amber with little head. Malty aroma with detectable presence of higher alcohols. The hop bitterness overpowers the maltiness in the flavor. Somewhat out of balance. This probably would be good to lay aside and re-rate after some aging. Re-rate 12/21/13 Much smoother and the hops were in balance this time to suit my tastes.. The several years in the cellar proved to be good for this one in every way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5133) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Not sure of my bottle vintage, but I think this was a little green. Much more hops than I expected. Very deep opaque red color. Started with more head than others I have had in the style. Left a little lacing in the glass. Aroma is powerful with brown sugar and butterscotch. It also has a little pine and orange. The taste is full and smooth, at first. As I drank more, the taste of toast, maple and butter go away. At the end all I could taste was a piney hops. Needs more malt and sweetness to balance this one out. This is a great barley wine for hopheads.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Deep red barleywine. Huge hoppy nose- flowers, peaches, pine, apricots, with a touch of sweet crysal malt in the background. Flavor is quite powerful, sweet, then bready, then hoppy then bitter. Palate is thick and creamy, and very warming as it goes down. This is one of the few that can stand with Old Guardian in terms of a sheer assault on your tastebuds. It may lack the depth of some other BWís, but it makes up for it with simple, delicious, directness. Wonderful beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - JUN 9, 2004
a really dank barley wine(double ipa...) smells dank, and pretty hoppy. you can really smell those sticky hops. pretty caramely, roasty and buttery. poured a deeeep ruby gold, with a delicious pink thick dense, creammy head. tastes fruity, hoppy and bitter, some chocalte and coffee flavors too. really hoppy bitter finish. nice mouth feel. and yes, pretty drinkable. so nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2004
Brownish amber color, flowery scent. Wonderful mix of hops and malts. Very easy drinking. Phenomenal barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2004
Even though they are a goofy brewery, Avery makes some good beers. Donít ask me what I mean by that, because I donít know (hey this stuff is powerfull, itís going to my head). Anyway, good beer though!! Makes Bond a much more fun game (and it already kicks a$$!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2004
22 oz bottle, from The Foodery in Philadelphia; no date (if you can cellar it for 3 years, why the hell canít you date it?). Dark, almost bloo-red, very clear, smallish everlasting creamy head. Grapefruity, manurey-farmy aromas, rather harsh but for some reason likeable. Flavor is by turns harshly hoppy, citrusy-sweet/sour, lightly woody and buttery/woody near the finish. I found it quite complex; needs a little more sweetness to my palate, but the thickness and swirling odd flavors really do it for me. A pleasant surprise, for whatever reason I didnít expect to much like this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TakushBrewer (19) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Wow, dangerously drinkable is right. One of the best noses i have ever experienced. A tasty, deliciously woody, slightly carmel-like barley wine. Oh so good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2004
The pigs are flying high on the label of this barleywine, and so is my pleasure in enjoying this beer! Appearance: a bright, ruby-red grapefruit color, with a fine, brownish head. Aroma: lifts right out of the bottle on first cracking the crown, and wafts into the nostrils from afar when poured into the glass. The perfect barleywine aroma: a bit musty, earthy, woody, but moreover, full of deep, rich, dark, burnished fruit, cherry, grape, plum, rich and sweet, very lively, delicious, uplifting. On the palate, a nice blitz of hops, but the malt is massive here, imparting rich, thick, sensuous sweetness everywhere. Full, lush, tasty, bright, and ever-lasting in flavor. Long, generous finish, continuous taste. Very warming, especially near the end. A very good barleywine, in a generous 22 0z. bottle. Now, thatís a nightcap!

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